Originally published: April 24, 2017
Scrubbing résumés of names is the latest strategy the federal government is trying in its efforts to build a more diverse public service.
The logic to name-blind hiring is that if you remove the identifying details from job application packages, it will help root out unconscious bias in the hiring process. Treasury Board President Scott Brison and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen have both hailed the six-department pilot project as a way to better reflect Canada’s diversity in the federal bureaucracy.
Overall, the public service is already a relatively diverse workplace: 14.5 per cent of all public servants are visible minorities (compared to 19 per cent of the population); 5.6 per cent have disabilities (nearly 11 per cent of those aged 15 to 64 have a disability); 5.2 per cent are aboriginal (compared to 4.3 per cent of the population); and 54.4 per cent are women (compared to about half the population.)